Can you help me plan my next adventure? The Nuts & Bolts of Walking the Bibbulmun Track

Following on from my Bibbulmun Track Overview post of a couple of weeks ago, I am starting to firm up my walking plans and I am not afraid to admit that I am a little overwhelmed by the scale of this adventure.

Yes, I have walked 1000’s of kilometres across Spain, Portugal and Italy, but this stroll in the Aussie bush is a whole new kettle of fish or 18kg backpack.

Can you help me?

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Be careful how you say it…Walking to Shot Hole Canyon in Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.

Sadly, for me anyway, today’s stroll is almost the last in my series focusing on our Western Australian adventure earlier this year. This path, and its stunning views, was a fitting way to end our tour and, once again, opened my eyes to the hidden beauty of our sprawling country.

It’s a cooler and slightly overcast day today, perfect walking conditions, but don’t forget your hat and sunscreen.

Let’s go…

The Path to Shot Hole Canyon in Cape Range National Park
Up on the plateau with the sea in the far distance
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A Big Day Out Swimming with Sharks on Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.

I can honestly say I have rarely used the words swimming and sharks in the same sentence. Living over four hours drive from the ocean, I see it infrequently and have even less desire to swim, or even contemplate being, in the same water as a shark.

So what possessed me to change my trusted approach/policy when I reached Western Australia?

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Two Short & Scenic Strolls in Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.

Unfortunately our Western Australian adventure is coming to an end. Before we wave goodbye to the deep reds of this remote state, we lace up our walking shoes for another couple of short walks in the Cape Range National Park.

Grab your hat, we’re off…

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Dreaming of the Next Adventure – Introducing the Bibbulmun Track

I am just a wee bit excited. After being locked down and locked in Australia for the past +18 months, I finally have an epic adventure on the horizon.

And it’s BIG!

Grab your backpack, tent, sleeping bag, dehydrated meals, maps and muesli bars, we are off on the Bibbulmun Track.

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Walking Through History with the Convicts and Colonials of Perth, Western Australia

There is nothing better or more exciting than arriving at a new place and it slowly unfolds, revealing its history and characters. In my humble opinion a walking tour, either guided or self-guided, is the perfect way to discover secrets, stories and often a little sadness.

Lace up your walking shoes, we’re off to stroll the streets of Perth.

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Elizabeth Quay – a relaxing corner of Perth, Western Australia

I have noticed a bit of trend over the last 35 years or so with major revamps underway in big cities all around the World.

Perhaps it takes a few bureaucrats or planners who can see past the industrial buildings, the rundown and seedy infrastructure, and picture a public space that is both beautiful and functional. Elizabeth Quay is just one small example of this visionary approach.

It’s a beautiful day, let’s go for a stroll down to the water.

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Exploring the Great Outdoors – Kalamina Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia.

Grab your swimming gear and lace up your walking shoes (yes, the swimmers/hiking boots combo is a good look), today we are heading down into Kalamina Gorge.

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Walking the Sunny Streets of Fremantle, Western Australia.

My belly was full of a big breakfast, a bucket of caffeine was coursing through my veins and the sun was shining

Life does not get better, unless you are surrounded by elegant architecture, fascinating stories and it’s all set in an historic neighbourhood.

Join me for a stroll around the streets of Fremantle.

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Exploring the Great Outdoors – Knox Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia.

If you have ever dreamed of visiting Outback Australia, then Karijini National Park is the perfect place to start.

Brilliant, starlit night skies.

Red, red rock and dust.

And gorgeous gorges to explore and swim.

Let’s head down into Knox Gorge.

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Stepping Back in Time & Behind the Towering Walls of the Fremantle Prison, Western Australia.

A visit to a prison may not be high on everyone’s travel bucket list, but when it is an old prison, full of interesting stories, beautiful architecture and colourful characters then that is enough to push prisons to the top of my ‘must do/must see’ list.

Welcome to the Fremantle Prison…

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Diving into Paradise – Swimming in Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia.

Have you ever arrived at a place and thought, ‘This is it! I have died and gone to Heaven’?

Or you have felt like you have stepped into a television ad for sparkling mineral water or underarm deodorant?

Just those feelings overwhelmed me as I dived into the calm, cool waters of Fern Pool in Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park.

As I surfaced and floated on my back, it dawned on me for the 500-millionth time that life was pretty damn good!

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Desperately Seeking Quokkas! Introducing Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

Who doesn’t love a big dose of cute?

And there is nothing cuter than a quokka…if you can find the little buggers, that is!

Roger Federer, you have a lot to answer for!

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Introducing…Perth, Western Australia. City? Or Just a Big Country Town?

Where are all the people?

That was our first question as we left our hotel room and started to explore Perth’s CBD. It was a weekday and during business hours, and yet the streets were virtually empty and the vibe was so relaxed it was almost comatose.

Just perfect for this tourist to wander…

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